Located within Atlanta’s city limits, Buckhead comprises 40+ neighborhoods, ranging from the steel and glass new money offices in Buckhead Village to the luxury old money homes of North Buckhead. Its population is around 78,000, blending into Fulton County’s one million-plus residents, where seniors make up around 12% of the inhabitants. Buckhead’s appeal includes its low health care costs, below-average crime statistics (for the area) and numerous medical facilities. Its transportation costs for seniors are inexpensive too. Of the area’s many leisure attractions, Centennial Olympic Park and the historical Sweet Auburn Curb Market are particularly popular with older residents.

The typical assisted living facility in Buckhead costs $4,000 per month, which is $500 more than the state average. For their money, seniors can expect comfortable and secure accommodation with staff to perform housekeeping tasks, often including laundry, and chefs to prepare meals. Although best suited to semi-autonomous seniors, facilities also assist with managing residents’ medications and some other basic health care needs, such as maintaining physical fitness. 

The remainder of this guide provides a list of Buckhead’s senior-friendly resources, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in the area and includes a section on senior living costs.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Buckhead, GA

The Oconee House Senior Living

126 Parks Mill Rd, Buckhead, GA, 30625

Oconee House Senior Living was very quiet, the interior looked like that of a group home. Their staff was very nice, I saw the dining area and it looked nice. The staff is doing a good job and the pla … (read more)
Oconee House Senior Living was very quiet, the interior looked like that of a group home. Their staff was very nice, I saw the dining area and it looked nice. The staff is doing a good job and the pla … (read more)

Harbor at Harmony Crossing

923 Harmony Road, Eatonton, GA, 31024

We looked into Harbor at Harmony Crossing. The manager did a great job, made us comfortable, in fact we held a room, but we cancelled it. We were really impressed, very clean, staff was real friendly, … (read more)
We looked into Harbor at Harmony Crossing. The manager did a great job, made us comfortable, in fact we held a room, but we cancelled it. We were really impressed, very clean, staff was real friendly, … (read more)

Savannah Court of Lake Oconee

1061 Willow Run Road, Greensboro, GA, 30642

They are severely understaffed and did not respond when my mother pressed her button to call for assistance. She had to call me to call the office to get help for her. The food is terrible. Staff is … (read more)
They are severely understaffed and did not respond when my mother pressed her button to call for assistance. She had to call me to call the office to get help for her. The food is terrible. Staff is … (read more)

The Glen at Lake Oconee Village

1070 Old Salem Road & Linger Longer Road, Suite E-100, Greensboro, GA, 30643

I went to The Glen at Lake Oconee Village. The staff was very friendly and very informative. It was a very clean place and very well kept. They had a courtyard, a little arts and crafts room, and an e … (read more)
I went to The Glen at Lake Oconee Village. The staff was very friendly and very informative. It was a very clean place and very well kept. They had a courtyard, a little arts and crafts room, and an e … (read more)

The Madison Assisted Living

150 Hancock Street, Madison, GA, 30650

The Administrator does not know the regulations, she is very rude and she makes promises she cannot or will not keep. Do not put your family member in this facility!
The Administrator does not know the regulations, she is very rude and she makes promises she cannot or will not keep. Do not put your family member in this facility!

Madison House Senior Living

167 W. Jefferson Street, Madison, GA, 30650

The Madison House Senior Living was a smaller facility. They had a nice facility. Unfortunately, they did not take Medicare or insurance. They only took Medicaid. It was remodeled, and everything was … (read more)
The Madison House Senior Living was a smaller facility. They had a nice facility. Unfortunately, they did not take Medicare or insurance. They only took Medicaid. It was remodeled, and everything was … (read more)

Park Place Assisted Living

1220 Pool Road, , Lot#19, Greensboro, GA, 30642


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Buckhead

The Georgia Department of Community Health issues licenses to assisted living facilities that satisfy the conditions of the state’s healthcare facility licensure regulations. The department also monitors and inspects facilities, in addition to conducting unannounced inspections to ensure they continue to operate within the terms of their licenses.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Buckhead

  • Due to their proximity, Buckhead shares its average cost of living figures with Atlanta. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Buckhead’s cost of living index is 107.5, which is above the state and national averages. The primary drivers appear to be housing and transportation costs. However, the average health cost index is 91.8, which is below the averages for Georgia and the country. 
  • At first glance, Buckhead’s statistics for property and violent crimes look very concerning. However, these figures relate to all of Atlanta. Studying the map published by Neighborhood Scout, it becomes clear that Buckhead experiences significantly less crime than most of Atlanta’s other districts. Seniors in many of Buckhead’s assisted living facilities also benefit from staff on-site 24/7 and round-the-clock security systems.
  • Due to Buckhead’s location, its older residents have easy access to many of the best hospitals in the state. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital is within Buckhead’s, while Emory University Hospital in Atlanta’s midtown and Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs are only 20 minutes away. There are also 2,541 Medicare-registered physicians working in various disciplines throughout Atlanta, which gives Buckhead’s seniors more choice over who takes care of their health needs.
  • Annually, Buckhead gets 14 inches more rain than the typical American city — which gets 38. This sometimes results in humid conditions on hotter days, where temperatures regularly sit around 88 degrees. In winter, they’re a more comfortable 33 degrees and snowfall rarely exceeds 1 inch per year, which means Buckhead’s seniors don’t often see the dial go into minus figures.
  • Fulton County residents aged 60 and over who pass the eligibility requirements can access low-cost transportation provided by Lyft and Uber. There’s a one-off registration fee of $15, and each ride costs $1, capped at 16 rides per month. Distances are restricted to 15 miles for medical appointments and 10 miles for all other purposes. The Transdev service also offers seniors aged 60 or older low-cost shared-ride transportation within Fulton County.

Paying for Assisted Living in Buckhead

According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, seniors in Buckhead can expect to pay around $4,000 per month for assisted living. Although this is $500 above the state average, it’s also $300 below the fees paid by the typical American.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Buckhead is at the high end of the scale for assisted living costs in Georgia but not the most expensive. Gainesville holds that title, with fees averaging $4,263. More affordable options within an 80-minute journey of Buckhead include Athens, where fees average $3,366, and Rome, where $3,088 is the norm.

$4000

Buckhead

$3500

Georgia

$4300

The United States

$4263

Gainesville

$3366

Athens

$3088

Rome

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day care centers are an affordable solution for reasonably able-bodied seniors, charging fees in the region of $1,300. Assisted living costs of $4,000 attract seniors happy to join a new community and avoid the additional $147 per month they would need to get care in their homes (or $195 if they also need basic medical support). Nursing homes provide accommodation and hospital-like care, which is reflected in their higher fees — typically $6,950 for a semiprivate room and another $609 per month for a private one.

$4147

Homemaker Services

$4195

Home Health Aide

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$4000

Assisted Living Facility

$6950

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7559

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Buckhead was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Atlanta, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Buckhead

Two key state programs provide Medicaid-eligible seniors help with the cost of care: Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE) and the Community Care Services Program (CCSP). The former provides assistance with intermediate-level nursing care in an assisted living environment, while the latter provides financial assistance for a lower level of care.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Georgia page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Georgia

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Georgia page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Buckhead

There are many resources available to seniors residing in Buckhead and Fulton County. The following examples can support seniors in dispute with their residential care providers, help them find free good-quality medical equipment and point them towards medical facilities catering to veterans and their families.

Resource

Contact

Service

(404) 321-6111

The Atlanta VA Clinic is part of the Atlanta VA Health System, which provides comprehensive medical services for U.S. military veterans and their families. The clinic's services include the Empower Veterans Program, which helps vets dealing with chronic pain. Seniors requiring medical support not provided at the clinic are referred to other clinics within the Atlanta VA Health System.

(404) 627-1057

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman defends the rights of seniors living in residential care communities, investigates complaints regarding senior care and educates residents about their rights. All of the ombudsman's services are free of charge. This includes providing copies of inspection reports to seniors looking for the best facility in Buckhead for their long-term care needs.

(404) 687-8890

disABILITY LINK is a charity based in Tucker that supplies good-quality medical equipment to seniors free of charge, including wheelchairs, crutches and walkers. It also provides equipment that supports seniors who would otherwise struggle to use technology, such as amplified phones, large-print keyboards and portable listening devices. If disABILITY LINK doesn't have the required device in its inventory, it refers the senior to other local nonprofits who may be able to assist.

(4040) 463-3333

Empowerline is the Area Agency on Aging for Greater Atlanta. Its purpose is to connect seniors to free and subsidized services in the region, which currently stands at around 26,000 providers. The agency can help seniors who need clerical assistance, such as benefits advisors, and legal support, including attorneys who can work for free. It can refer seniors to public paratransit services and introduce them to the nearest senior center. Seniors ready to begin comparing assisted living communities within Fulton County can also contact Empowerline to get a detailed list of the county's various communities and some information about their services and fees.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Buckhead

Buckhead-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Georgia are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Georgia page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Georgia